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Kitchen Queries

Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Garlic

    I absolutely love garlic, but recipes state many ways in which to prepare it: chopped, finely chopped, sliced, smashed etc. WHY? Is it to impart more flavour or texture ?

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  • Wheat flour instead of Plain Flour

    Dear Nigella and team, I`ve been trying to find cake and cookie recipes using wholemeal (whole wheat) flour instead of plain (all-purpose) flour to make it more healthy. Can you please suggest some recipes. Also, can I use olive oil instead of butter or regular vegetable oil in cakes? Thank you!

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  • Elderflower Liqueur

    Dear Team Nigella, I recently received a bottle of elderflower liqueur however I'm not sure what to do with it. Do you have any ideas for perhaps cocktails or baking that would work well? Many thanks

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  • Chocolate Lime Cake

    Hi Nigella Team!  My best friend of 37 years has always been a huge fan of those chocolate lime, boiled sweets (the ones with lime on the outside and a a chocolate centre). I bake regularly for him and his family and, with his birthday coming up in April, wanted to do him a surprise cake this year. What better than a chocolate lime cake? He's a huge fan of Nigella's Lemon-Syrup Loaf Cake (Domestic Goddess, p13) and I wondered if there was any way of converting that into a chocolate lime drizzle? Otherwise, any other ideas you might have would be very welcome. Cheers!

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  • Kitchen Items

    Hello, I am obviously a fan of Nigella and in the Autumn I am visiting London for a few days with my family. Can you suggest a store that sells kitchen equipment and particularly Nigella's measuring cups? Best regards, Fabiola.

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  • Easy Almond Cake

    Hello, I made the Easy Almond Cake from How To Be A Domestic Goddess (p6) yesterday and when I checked the cake after forty minutes (at gas mark 3/170c) it was still pale and completely wobbly. I left it for another 20 minutes and it was still the same, so I put the temperature up to gas mark 5/190c and after another 20 or so minutes it was cooked. Is it definitely correct that 50 minutes at gas mark 3 should cook this cake? Thanks, Emily

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  • Double Balloon Whisk

    Hi there!  I was wondering if you could help? I would like to know where it is possible to buy the double whisk (balloon whisk with a ball inside) as seen on many of Nigella's shows? I have never seen this before even in specialist catering suppliers. Many thanks. Nadica

    I was watching an episode when an open bottom whisk was used. I've tried everywhere to find one. Where can I buy one? Michelle

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  • Shallow Roasting Tins

    I'm looking forward to cooking the Spanish Chicken with Chorizo & Potatoes and the Homestyle Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas from the book Kitchen. Would a baking tray with sides less than 2cm deep be ok to use? If you could tell me where to buy the shallow roasting tin featured I'd be grateful. Many thanks

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